High blood pressure symptoms: The signs in your eyes that could indicate the condition

High blood pressure symptoms aren’t usually noticeable, but if they do develop some of the most recognisable signs are shortness of breath, headaches and chest pain. Left untreated, the condition can lead to health problems such as a heart attack or stroke. The eyes can identify a variety of different health conditions, especially in the early stages. This include high blood pressure if symptoms do show. 

It’s unlikely what you spot in your eyes is a symptom of high blood pressure, according to Superdrug Online Doctor, but you should be wary of seeing floaters or blood spots.

The high street health and beauty store’s website states: “This is common but it is important to have regular eye checks.”

Floaters can cause small dark dot, squiggly lines, rings or cobwebs.

But this commonly occurs in older people and is caused by a harmless process called posterior vitreous detachment, which happens as you get older.

Blood spots in the eyes can be a result of a blood vessel bursting on the surface of the eye caused by straining, coughing or an injury.

While this can look alarming it usually clears up on its own within a few weeks.

Health organisation Bupa outlines nine other symptoms of high blood pressure to watch out for.

These include:

  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nose bleeds
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Blurred vision

It also advises: “You may want to see your GP if you get a combination of any of these symptoms frequently.”

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